Skedee, OK

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City/Town: Skedee
Location Class: Disappearing Town
Year Built: N/A | Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Disappearing Town
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK TeamBilly DixonDavid LindeJohnny Fletcher

Located in north-central Pawnee County, Skedee is situated slightly east of the junction of County Roads E0440/N3530. Established six miles northeast of the county seat of Pawnee, Skedee was originally known as Lemert for the Lemert family, who sold land for a townsite to the railroad company. The Eastern Oklahoma Townsite Company sold town lots at auction on January 17 and 18, 1902. Subsequently, a post office was designated on February k10, 1902. However, the name Lemert was too similar to another Oklahoma town, and the postal department requested that the post office name be changed. Consequently, Lemert became Skedee, a reference to the Skidi band of the Pawnee. Between 1900 and 1904 the Eastern Oklahoma Railway (later the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) built a line from Newkirk to Pauls Valley that passed through Skedee. The nearby Crystal Creek provided water for the trains’ steam engines. When the railroad bypassed Osage City (located five miles northeast of Skedee), buildings and several homes were moved to Skedee.

Agricultural pursuits have been the mainstay of Skedee’s economy. Local farmers raised livestock, and cotton was their principal money crop. By 1909 settlers had established four churches, a public school, and a bank. A feed mill, a grain elevator, and a cotton gin supported the rural community. In the 1940s and 1950s a gasoline station, a cotton, grain, and produce company, and flour and feed company served residents.

Like most all abandoned buildings it is weird to see the items and keepsakes left behind. The school still housed many school books, desks, maps, globes and more. There were no school cleaning services at the end of the school’s functioning time. Right along with the other buildings in the area many things inside them stayed as is. A place that is the bones of a time and community that once was, but no longer is.

At 1907 statehood Skedee had 277 residents. During the next three decades the population remained fairly steady with 289, 268, and 272 reported for 1910, 1920, and 1930, respectively. In 1940 the population declined to 235. Since 1940 the numbers have decreased from 170 in 1950 to a low of 96 in 1990. As a result of dwindling population, the school was consolidated in the 1950s, and the post office closed on August 2, 1963. At the turn of the twenty-first century Skedee had 102 inhabitants. Employed citizens commuted to jobs in Pawnee and Stillwater. A statue of Osage Chief Bacon Rind and famed oil lease auctioneer Colonel (his first name) E. Walters, located in the town square, is a local point of interest. Walters commissioned Margaret (or Emaline; sources vary) Baker of Wichita, Kansas, to sculpt the Bond of Friendship, which was dedicated on April 22, 1926.

For much more great OK history, visit:
https://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/S/SK001.html

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Luci
Luci
9 years ago

I think it's nice someone has documented this place I've lived in Oklahoma my whole life and would have never heard of this town if it weren't for this site. Atleast somone cares about local history! It's not like this site promotes vandalism or such things. Thanks and keep up the good work!

Harry Keeton
Harry Keeton
1 year ago

I am a Historical Investigator and would love to do a story 9n this town. I do not know who to contact regarding gaining entry into this property, but, would love to visit and investigate it. We would absolutely love to interview people and do a show about Skedee. Pls contact me at 479-573-8198 or Email me at ArklahomaMinistries@Gmail.com.

EJ Newell
EJ Newell
3 years ago

Thank you for this post. My grandfather was raised here, I never knew him. But seeing this brings a closeness that I appreciate very much.

Cindy
Cindy
4 years ago

My grandparents and father are from here. Carllile's,I have heard many stories,I have pictures from 1964 at the statue with my family. We visited in 1976. I would love to hear from any relatives and share stories!

yeng constance
yeng constance
4 years ago

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Mimi
Mimi
5 years ago

Can people still visit the town??

calvin white
calvin white
5 years ago

In the 6th pic..with the screens ripped out…last window on bottom…something there….

Sue Oler
Sue Oler
5 years ago

While going through some of my father's belongings (he passed away in 2007), I came across a year book from 1931, Skedee, OK school. Our family was from SE Kansas…I have no idea why my father had this year book. I have looked through it, found no familiar names. There is no one left in our family to ask. From looking at the website, Skedee is now a 'ghost town'. I really hate to just throw it away, so if anyone who reads this might like the year book, please reply to this email.
Sue Oler

Jen
Jen
Reply to  Sue Oler
3 years ago

I have recently been investigating and visiting abandoned towns andhave become very interested in all the history. I know this is a very old post but if you still have the year book I'd love to have something like this.

Mark Sewell
Mark Sewell
6 years ago

My dad was born there in 1916. His younger sister who died at early age is buried there and his oldest sister attended school there. I have been there one time and it was pretty much ghost town then. Thanks for sharing.

Kyle Ripton
6 years ago

does anyone know how I can get in to this area and do some photo shoots with a bunch of models of mine? I just need to know my name and a phone number or contact information so that I don't cross over boundaries without permission. Thanks,
kyle Ripton 580 399 2566

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Clarice Doyle
Clarice Doyle
6 years ago

So I learned in the last month, my great Grandfather Luther Green Embry and his wife Mae Bloom Embry lived in Skedee in the 30s and 40s. Or, at least got mail there and did business. A friend of mine's great-grandfather also lived there and owned a barber shop in Skedee. It was surprising to make this connection. Our family travels to Ingalls, Oklahoma, to the Mowery Family Reunion as often as possible. Our family names are Mowery, Hays, Bloom and Embry.

N-Dawg
N-Dawg
6 years ago

My dad, howard foust, lived there. He tells great stories from this town.

Bernice
Bernice
7 years ago

Do you know anyone from the Whitmire family there?

blackcat
blackcat
7 years ago

does anyone know how much land cost there i was thinking about moving there i want enough for a small farm

Denise O'Hagan
Denise O'Hagan
7 years ago

Spent many summers there in the 50's & 60's. Both sets of great grandparents (McDugal's and Spears) lived there. Remember the coal shute which was so cool. My parents went to the high school, family members had the general store, post office. Walked to the church each Sunday on the corner. It was what rural America was about. Loved it! Thanks for the great memories.

Noma
Noma
Reply to  Denise O'Hagan
6 years ago

Hi,
My name is Norma, and I had family there also. my granddad had a store there twice. my mom was born there in 1907.i have a picture of both. snsnell@sbcglobal.net

Jon Ann
Jon Ann
7 years ago

Wow! What memories these photos brought to me. My grandparents lived in Skedee, though I 'm not sure of the dates, the late 50's for sure. Our family came to visit every other year from the northwest. They lived right across the street from the Baconrind statue and got their water from that pump. One year, my sister, who was 10 years younger than me, plopped both of her dirty bare feet in each of the buckets of water that my Dad had just brought into the house. I remember Grandma not being very happy about that!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
7 years ago

Does anyone know who currently owns the school? I was there recently and also took some pics (with permission from a neighbor).. Its a beautifull old building! (I tried to call the Pawnee county courthouse to find out current owners but they couldnt provide any information other than who lived in the area that might know..:-) my email is osufangirl@yahoo.com if anyone has any information.. thanks again. wonderful pics by the way.. i think its great that someone is out there documenting these old /abandonded places.. one day soon they will all be gone and if it wasnt for photographs… Read more »

Catherine Carter
Catherine Carter
Reply to  Elizabeth
2 years ago

The locals told me that the city owns it.

shelly
shelly
8 years ago

Did any of you know the Lanning family from Skedee in the 30's? I'd love to know!!

J. Hull
J. Hull
8 years ago

My father was the pastor of the Skedee United Methodist Church from 1984-1989. We had many good fellowship dinners at the church and still have photos of the Christmas programs at the church. I knew a man named Hoobler from Skedee who actually lived in Pawnee. He used to tell me stories of raccoon hunting with dogs and being a barber. I believe his name was Eldon. His wife's name escapes me now, but they were almost like adopted grandparents to me. I have a lot of fond memories of Skedee. I used to fish in Crystal Creek outside a… Read more »

Val
Val
Reply to  J. Hull
7 years ago

Mr. Hoobler cut my hair many times (always a buzz cut!) in his shop in downtown Pawnee during the 1960's. I was in elementary school in Pawnee at the time. A very fine gentleman as I recall.
V. Gokey

Mike Tanner
Mike Tanner
Reply to  J. Hull
6 years ago

My great grandfather Fred Tanner donated the land to the Methodist Church. This was the site of his blacksmith shop, and his home is directly next door to the church. He moved his shop across the street. I visited in the '80s or '90s and chatted a bit with the woman that now lives on the site of the relocated blacksmith shop. She commented that she always wondered why she kept digging up pieces of iron/metal in her garden. My grandfather, Orville Tanner, loved the Methodist church. He attended faithfully until he was 19(?) years old and moved out of… Read more »

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